Campgrounds Opening

San Bernardino National Forest recreation update

The San Bernardino National Forest has made the decision to open the following developed recreation sites beginning May 22, 2020:

• Barton Flats Campground
• Big Pine Flat Family Campground
• Crab Flats Family Campground
• Dogwood Family Campground
• Green Valley Family Campground
• Hanna Flat Family Campground
• Heart Bar Family Campground
• Holcomb Valley Campground
• Jenks Lake Day Use Area
• North Shore Campground
• Pineknot Family Campground
• San Gorgonio Family Campground
• Serrano Campground
• South Fork Family Campground
• Wildhorse Equestrian Campground

(Notes: 1. Reservations can be made through recreation.gov except for Big Pine Family, Holcomb Big and South Fork, which are first-come, first-serve only. 2. Double sites at campgrounds are limited to 10 people maximum during this time. 3. Shower facilities, which are located at Barton Flats, Dogwood, San Gorgonio, Serrano and Wildhorse campgrounds, are not available at this time.)

Whenever possible, please recreate locally. Visitors should practice self-sufficiency when visiting national forests and come prepared with all the essentials needed for a day trip, including food, emergency supplies, and the ability to pack-out trash. Remember to recreate responsibly by keeping the following in mind:

• Maintaining at least six feet distancing from others
• Do not gather in groups and please follow the latest guidance from officials
• Communicate with others as you pass. Alert trail users of your presence and step aside to let others pass
• Pack out your trash and leave with everything you bring in and use.

Some services may not be available, so please plan accordingly.

For more information, please visit the San Bernardino National Forest website at www.fs.usda.gov/sbnf Facebook www.facebook.com/SanBernardinoNF and Twitter www.twitter.com/SanBernardinoNF.

Volunteer Training Postponed

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, SGWA is postponing Volunteer Training, originally scheduled for May 16 2020.  We hope to have training in some fashion later this summer, depending on how events unfold.  If you submitted an application to be a volunteer, we still have your information and we’ll be in touch. Returning volunteers, watch your email for your volunteer agreements. Stay healthy and we’ll see you on the trail eventually!

Mill Creek Visitor Center closed

As of Sunday, March 15, 2020, Mill Creek Visitor Center is temporarily closed. SGWA is processing email permit requests remotely for the San Gorgonio Wilderness. FAX requests will be processed as possible.

March Newsletter

Our March Newsletter is here! This month we feature volunteer Roxanne Smith, plus some insight into our Mill Creek Ranger Station front desk. See the newsletter at this link

It’s almost time for…

Spring! Despite the recent snowfall, spring will be here before we know it and everyone will be thinking about hitting the trails.

This year, why not volunteer with the San Gorgonio Wilderness Association? Our volunteers staff the Mill Creek Ranger Station info desk as well as the Barton Flats Visitor Center, present the interpretive programs at Greyback Amphitheater on weekend evenings, do trail maintenance and assist day hikers as well as overnight campers.

Annual training will take place on Saturday May 16th. You can send in your application here: Volunteer Application

Banff Film Festival Lineup

Don’t forget the Banff Film Festival coming up on Feb 27 and 28! There are different films each night.

Thursday night’s lineup: Good Morning; Surfer Dan; Safe Haven; Into the Canyon; Siblings; Electric Greg; Thabang; Chasing Monsters; Life of Pie; and Hors PIst.

On Friday: The Motivator; Camel Finds Water; Home; Return to Earth; Circle of the Sun; A Nordic Skater; The Imaginary Line; The Flip; REEL ROCK 13: Up To Speed; and Danny Daycare.

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SGWA Year’s End Newsletter

Our volunteers did some major work this year! Click here to read about all that happened and take a look at some of our hard-working folks.

South Fork Trail maintenance. Photo credit John Flippin

Winter Weather Warning

photo credit Nick Lanham

STAY SAFE!
RESCUES IN THE WILDERNESS CAN BE AVOIDED.
FOLLOW A FEW SIMPLE RULES

Stay together – do not leave your group,

Be prepared –  Carry Flashlight, Map, Food,  Water and Clothing

Be trail aware – Watch your surroundings, the trail looks different when you are coming back down. Turn around take a look, establish points of reference, a mountain top you can see or a particular rock formation, that will take you home. TAKE A MAP.  Many people are lost leaving the San Gorgonio Summit because they miss the trail going back to Vivian. Instead they end up miles from where they should be.  Watch for trail junctions, don’t just follow your feet without looking up.

Leave your itinerary –Make sure you tell someone where you are planning to go and when you’ll be back.

Winter conditions  – Be prepared for all weather conditions. Days change quickly from pleasant to snow and ice. Take warm clothing and equipment so you can stay overnight should you have to.  Days are short and nights are very cold.  Must have crampons/and Alpine boots, trails are iced and very dangerous.

SGWA Yearbook 2019!

Another successful summer season for SGWA volunteers. We celebrated with our annual awards program and potluck. The yearbook is a great way to remember all the things that happened, from our friendly faces at Mill Creek Ranger Station to the valiant trail crews. Please take a look at the 2019 SGWA Yearbook, we’re very proud to have such great volunteers working for the forest.

If you’d like to work with us, our annual training is usually a week or two before Memorial Day each May. There will be announcements here and on our Facebook page.

We don’t take the winter off either – so we’ll be seeing you out on the trail or in the office!

Volunteer Sharon Philpot “infra-ing” the trail. Photo credit Rex Philpot.